https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/06180423/cirrus-chute.jpg 853 1024 Richard Collins https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Richard Collins2012-05-14 14:40:022017-03-13 18:16:45What’s wrong with Cirrus pilots?
Despite all the safety features it has, from a glass cockpit to a whole airframe parachute, the Cirrus SR-22 has a higher fatal accident rate than most similar airplanes from other manufacturers. Why has this come to be true? It can only be because of one thing: the Cirrus pilot.
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/06180847/Comanche-400-brochure.jpg 1639 1256 Pete Bedell https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Pete Bedell2011-11-09 14:19:582017-07-12 14:44:03When was general aviation’s golden age?
What era would you consider general aviation’s golden years? A fellow pilot asked me this question recently and it was quite thought provoking. Today’s glass cockpits, avionics, and electronic charts are wondrous devices that make technology from the 1990s seem positively quaint. But what about the exciting and innovating days of the 1950s and 1960s, or the early 1970s when gas was still cheap, airplanes were abundant, and the interiors oh so groovy?
https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/06181023/G1000.jpg 768 1024 Brent Dalrymple https://airfactsjournal-images.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/06142440/Air-Facts-Logo340.jpg Brent Dalrymple2011-09-08 22:23:302016-02-27 09:42:21A tale of two panels
I’ve always loved gadgets, so when our flying club purchased a 2005 Cessna 172SP with a G1000 panel (which the club immediately upgraded to WAAS) and autopilot late in 2009 I was thrilled. I had new toys to learn how to use and to play with—what could be more fun? A small minority of my fellow club members, however, was less than thrilled. A few even declared, “Round gauges are better.”